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South African Film Producers Woo Nigerian Nollywood Actors

Chief Operations Officer, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, South Africa, Jackie Motsepe, has said that her film producers’ delegation was in Nigeria to attract more Nollywood film makers.

Motsepe spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on the sidelines of the delegation’s meeting with some Nollywood film makers.

The commission’s chief operations officer said that it was imperative for both countries’ film industry to begin to work together in promoting African culture and values.

Nollywood Veteran Seeks Support for Theatre, Stage

Nollywood veteran actress Joke Silva, on Friday, appealed to governments at all levels to put in place policies that would rejuvenate stage and theatre shows among Nigerians.

Silva made the appeal in an interview on the sidelines of a media briefing on a 3-man play written by Onukaba Ojo, and entitled: `Her Majesty’s Visit’ scheduled to be staged on Dec. 12 and Dec. 13 in Abuja.

``Our Government must put up policies that would make theatres accessible to the art lovers and the people generally.

Famous Actor Laments Insufficient Cinema Houses

One of the nation’s renowned actors, Ramsey Nouah, has decried the dearth of cinema houses in the nation.

Nouah told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that this had retarded the growth of the movie industry.

Nouah said that the prevailing situation was contrary to the provision in the Nigerian constitution that prescribed one cinema house in each local government area.

Nouah said that this had contributed to the level of poverty and unemployment which has made it impossible for the entertainment sector to thrive.

‘Regular Interactions with Foreign Contemporaries will Boost Nigerian Arts’

The Director of Omenka Gallery, Olive Enweonwu, on Thursday said that constant rapport between local artists and their foreign contemporaries would boost nation’s arts sector in the international arts circle.

Enweonwu said that such development would be realised through regular exhibitions and exchange programmes of art works.

He added that viable partnerships were needed for indigenous artists to enhance their profile in order to be a reference point of sorts on the global platform.

‘Technical Quality in Movie Production has Improved’

A film-maker, Desmond Ovbiagele, on Tuesday said that there had been significant improvement in contemporary technical quality of movie productions in Nollywood, compared to the last few years.

Ovbiagele told the News agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the cinematography, sound quality, special effects have to some extent improved.

He, however, stressed that there was still the need to attain cinema-grade standards in films by producers.

“We cannot have one type of movie in the industry. We must have different types of productions. We need to diversify.

‘Inadequate Fund, Training Inhibiting Nigeria's Film Industry’

A motion picture actor, Samuel Ajibola, has said that lack of formal training, inadequate funds and poor quality thespians had inhibited the growth of the nation’s creative sector.

Ajibola said that the situation was responsible for the production of low quality films when compared to those produced by Hollywood or Bollywood movie makers.

He said, “You cannot compare a film where someone spends $70 million to one that was produced with N4 million or thereabout.

Stakeholders Laud Gambian President for Gifts to Nollywood Stars

The award of plots of land to some Nollywood stars by President Sheik Jammeh of Gambia has continued to receive commendation from stakeholders in the entertainment industry in Nigeria.

The Gambia president recently presented plots of land to some top Nollywood stars.

The gesture, Jammeh said, was a way of rewarding them for “successful act of representing and telling the African story to the world.”

Besides, the offer was to encourage the stars visit and make the ‘Gambia part of their own.’

My New House Costs over Half a Billion Naira, Says Blogger Linda Ikeji

Ace Nigerian blog diva, Linda Ikeji, has said that her newly acquired two-storey luxury house in the exclusive Banana Island area of Ikoyi, Lagos cost her over half a billion naira.

Excited Ms Ikeji, who shared the story on her blog to encourage ladies of the need to be self-made, said, “I bought a two-storey luxury house in the exclusive Banana Island area of Ikoyi...and to be honest, I still can't believe it. It's everything I prayed my house would be.”

Driving the $5 million Batmobile

It's a special kind of terror when you almost crash the Batmobile, CNN reports.

Well, really, it wasn't that close of a call. But then this wasn't just any Batmobile. This was the original.

It wasn't one of those matte black military-looking machines from the movies. It wasn't driven by a brooding and emotionally conflicted Batman with visible emotional scars.

Volkswagen Movie in the Works with Leonardo DiCaprio

The Volkswagen scandal is set to get the Hollywood treatment.

Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way is planning to make a movie about the scandal, basing it on a yet-to-be-written book by New York Times journalist Jack Ewing.

"Appian Way has acquired an option on the rights," Ewing told CNNMoney.

Ewing's agent Marly Rusoff said the book will focus on how a "more, better, faster" ethos fueled one of the "greatest frauds in corporate history." Appian will partner with Paramount Pictures on the movie, she said.